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Can Creativity Be Learned? - ​Cody C. Delistraty - The Atlantic
"Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought."
creativity  innovation  psychology  personality  talent 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Here's How to Keep the Robots From Stealing Our Jobs | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
"When the accepted rationale for the firm becomes less compelling, what will take its place? Or will large corporations simply disappear over time? Well, we believe there is still a reason for large firms to exist, but those reasons will be very different from today’s (and definitely from yesterday’s). The reason for the firm to exist now? Talent development. Firms will exist so that workers can learn and grow much faster than they could on their own. Now, that’s easy to say but harder to implement. Especially because scalable efficiency — and the predictability it requires — is profoundly hostile to scalable learning. Learning, talent development, and creativity require risk-taking and a tolerance of failure."
automation  robots  business  jobs  work  labor  talent  future  economics  alienation 
december 2013 by tsuomela
The Real Truth About The STEM Shortage That Americans Don't Want To Hear. - Business Insider
"Hey America, please raise the visa limit. There's a shortage of STEM talent that is willing to work for what we'll pay that also meets our high standards. When it comes down to it, a lot of the world is better at what we need than you, and we don't feel like paying your mediocre tech talent what they expect because not everybody deserves a job and we have Samsung to beat."
computers  business  silicon-valley  immigration  politics  economics  talent 
june 2013 by tsuomela
BBC News - A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence
"An 18th Century automaton that could beat human chess opponents seemingly marked the arrival of artificial intelligence. But what turned out to be an elaborate hoax had its own sense of genius, says Adam Gopnik."
intelligence  artificial-intelligence  18c  history  chess  automation  genius  mastery  talent 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Getting back on. Moodscope blog.
We can't be good at everything. My clarinet lessons didn't do much for me. I was always the last one to be picked for sports teams at school. There is something to be said for tenacity, however - for sticking at something through thick and thin - and to do this when it feels as if you are failing, I think you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.
success  tenacity  Inspiration  talent  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
The New Elitists - NYTimes.com
" The narrative of openness and talent obscures the bitter truth of the American experience. Talents are costly to develop, and we refuse to socialize these costs. To be an outstanding student requires not just smarts and dedication but a well-supported school, a safe, comfortable home and leisure time to cultivate the self. These are not widely available. When some students struggle, they can later tell the story of their triumph over adversity, often without mentioning the helping hand of a tutor. Other students simply fail without such expensive aids." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-new-elitists.html
elites  class  economics  ability  success  luck  talent  inequality  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: The "scarce talent" con
"Bank bosses have played a trick which countless ordinary workers do. The IT support guy who introduces lots of “security features” to his firm’s IT systems, or the secretary who has an incomprehensible filing system, make themselves indispensable by inconveniencing others."
banking  business  management  managerial  complexity  income  economics  rewards  incentives  talent  from delicious
february 2012 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Cakes, capitalism
"But why do we spend too much time on comfort goods and ordinary consumer spending and not enough on creative activities? One reason, says Pugno is that the latter require investment in “leisure skills” - the ability to play an instrument, garden or appreciate art. Such investment, like any other, is costly. At any point in time, therefore, we might prefer the zero-cost option of comfort goods. But this means we never acquire the skills needed to make best use of our leisure."
economics  spending  consumerism  behavior  talent  leisure  skill  from delicious
january 2012 by tsuomela
Haruki Murakami: Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance :: Articles :: The 99 Percent
"The stories we tell ourselves about creative achievement nearly always focus on the holy grail of inspiration, and leave out the rather important bits about perspiration."
creativity  innovation  focus  talent  success  endurance 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » On Becoming a Math Whiz: My Advice to a New MIT Student
"But this isn’t about natural aptitude, it’s about practice. That other student has more practice. You can catch-up, but you have to put in the hours, which brings me back to my original advice: keep working even after you get stuck.

That’s where you make up ground."
talent  success  school  academic  mathematics  practice  deliberate 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Explorations in Giftedness - Academic and Professional Books - Cambridge University Press
This book is a scholarly overview of the modern concepts, definitions, and theories of intellectual giftedness, and of past and current developments in the field of gifted education. The authors consider, in some detail, the roles of intelligence, creativity, and wisdom in giftedness and the interaction between culture and giftedness, as well as how giftedness can be understood in terms of a construct of developing expertise. The authors also review and discuss a set of key studies that address the issues of identification and education of children with intellectual gifts. This volume may be used as a summary overview of the field for educators, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who serve intellectually gifted children and their families.
book  publisher  psychology  gifted  talent  expertise 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Text Patterns: comparisons are odorous
Comment on the Bill James article about talent in Topeka.
talent  education  development  society  sports  literature  recognition  fame 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Caring about the X Factor
"“Do clever people care about the X Factor?” asks Matthew Taylor.
Yes - by definition. The X Factor final got 17 million viewers. Any clever person must be curious about such a significant social phenomenon. " Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2010/12/caring-about-the-x-factor.html
television  culture  talent  fundamental-attribution-error  fame  music  pop 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Can You Get Genius Results With Just Hard Work? No | Sightings by Terry Teachout - WSJ.com
To his credit, Mr. Robinson unequivocally rejects what he calls "the anti-elitist Zeitgeist." At the same time, he believes that while "genius is not a myth," it is merely an enabling condition that can be brought to fruition only through hard and focused work. This seems to me to strike the right balance—yet it still fails to account for the impenetrable mystery that enshrouds such birds of paradise as Bobby Fischer, who started playing chess at the age of 6. Nine years later, he became the U.S. chess champion. His explanation? "All of a sudden I got good."
genius  creativity  success  talent  deliberate-practice  practice  time 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Christine Bleakley & labour market imperfection
Here are some other examples of how "talent" (or lack thereof) exists in organizations rather than peopl
talent  economics  success  labor  work  rewards  incentives 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Morgan Freeman and the Fallback Position | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
“I’d tell them to be an actor,” Freeman said, shaking his head. “If they have something to fall back on, that’s the position they’ll be working from. The fallback position. And they’ll never make it.”

It’s easy enough to say. But in those words lies a tough, significant truth: pursuing dreams is unbelievably hard. Talent matters, connections matter, and luck plays a big role in the outcome, as well. But dogged, relentless persistence is the biggest differentiating factor in those who find a way forward and those who don’t.
goals  ambition  determination  talent  luck  persistence  advice 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The Widening Gyrus » American Scientist
Concert pianists could be model organisms for studying the physiological basis of intellectual greatness.
talent  genius  psychology  intelligence  greatness  success  music  creativity 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - Why Americans hate (some of) their elites
Oddly for Brooks, however, this column operates entirely outside the realm of human agency. After all, doctors and the military are very trusted, and we've turned massive amounts of responsibility over to new elites, like those out of Silicon Valley, with nary a peep. So it's not simply that Americans hate elites. It's that they don't like certain institutions. And there's a perfectly plausible explanation for why.

The institutions they don't like are the institutions that have been the subject of well-organized and extremely costly attack campaigns for decades now.
expertise  politics  leadership  trust  society  talent  meritocracy  elites  elitism  public 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - The Power Elite - NYTimes.com
by David Brooks - "Yet here’s the funny thing. As we’ve made our institutions more meritocratic, their public standing has plummeted. We’ve increased the diversity and talent level of people at the top of society, yet trust in elites has never been lower."
expertise  politics  leadership  trust  society  talent  meritocracy  elites  elitism  public 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Why your boss is incompetent - life - 17 December 2009 - New Scientist
Economist Edward Lazear, also of Stanford, is one person who has tried to pin down why. His suggestion is that it is down to chance. People mostly get promoted because they have performed a particular task unusually well. That could be because they are generally competent, but equally they might just by fluke have been well-suited to that one job.
business  organization  promotion  talent  skills  success 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: The betrayal of the smart sons
An awful lot of American family businesses don’t get to benefit from this process. They lose the natural leader, for a reason that’s ultimately ironic -- because the bright siblings may get a little too bright. Having been raised in some comfort and privilege, with all the education they could possibly want, lo and behold, they want - and get - a lot! Moreover, they look around for where exciting stuff is happening, and they soon come to recognize the places where human endeavor is really achieving important things, pushing back the envelope. Challenging the unknown, breaking molds, inventing the new, and unrolling the very blueprints of God.
america  culture  business  success  talent  class  economics  failure  innovation 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Rick Bookstaber: Why Do Bankers Make So Much Money?
Why Do Bankers Make So Much Money?
A tenet of economics is that in competitive markets there are no economic rents. That is, people get fairly paid for their efforts, their capital input, and for bearing risk. They are not paid any more than is necessary as an incentive for production. In trying to understand the reason for the huge pay scale within the finance industry, we can either try to justify the pay level as being a fair one in terms of the competitive market place, or ask in what ways the financial industry deviates from the competitive economic model in order to allow economic rents.
talent  banking  money  income  free-markets  markets  competition  work  labor 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Finance & human capital
What I’m saying here is that there’s a problem for those who want to defend the financial sector. You can do one of two things:
1. You can defend bankers’ pay on the grounds that it’s a reward for high skills, in which case you shouldn’t worry much about the financial sector shrinking, as these skills would be useful elsewhere.
2. You can argue that shrinking finance would be expensive. But this requires you to ditch the Econ101 just-so stories about people being paid a return to human capital, and to recognize that salaries are a reward to power, not (just) to “skill.“
Is there really a plausible third possibility?
financial-engineering  finance  financial-services  money  power  economics  pay  rewards  incentives  talent 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Beckham: an Adler superstar?
Moshe Adler comes in. People, he said, like to consume the same art that others do, or to talk about the same people that others do (pdf). They want, therefore, to focus disproportionate attention upon one or two people. And these people get greater fame or wealth than other similarly talented persons. Beckham, then, is profiting not from his superior talent, but from being a focal point - though, of course, he and his missus have strived for this.
talent  economics  wealth  money  income-distribution  inequality 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: What work is. A review of Paul Blart: Mall Cop by way of a gigantic spoiler
Paul's attempts to act like a real police officer and to convince other people to respond to him as if he is a real police officer are ridiculous and pathetic. But the pathos comes not from the difference between his pretensions and the reality of his life. It comes from our being able to see that Paul would be a good police officer and from our knowledge that in real life there are thousands, millions, of Pauls and Paulettes who would be good at other, better jobs than the ones they're stuck in but which they will never be able to leave except for other dead-end, soul-deadening jobs.
movie  review  work  labor  talent 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Why Can’t You? « Easily Distracted
if academic cultural critics understand expressive culture so expertly, why can’t they create it? Wouldn’t it be better to always have experience in creating the cultural forms that you study?
art  criticism  talent  creativity  teaching 
may 2009 by tsuomela
She Did It Her Way « Easily Distracted
In a way, the Susan Boyle story is a reminder that liberalism actually has heartfelt, emotionally rich stories that are intimately familiar to many people in many societies. Chief among them is the insistence that individuals contain within them talents, character, particularities which are poorly described by stereotypes or collective identities and poorly managed or appreciated by social institutions and conventions.
about(SusanBoyle)  talent  liberalism  exploitation  reality  television 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Future of Talent :: Home
The Future of Talent Institute is a consortium of organizations and individuals who explore emerging issues in talent management, staffing, recruiting, employee development, retention and leadership development.
talent  human-resources  business 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Unprincipled Hacks and Imperious Haughties: James Wolcott | Vanity Fair
Every institution needs its unprincipled hacks to prevent a crippling arthritis of integrity that leads to stasis and false pride.
politics  talent  hacks 
may 2009 by tsuomela
FT.com / Columnists / GillianTett - A chance for bankers to refocus their talents
.. the data also suggest that if history now repeats itself – i.e. banking becomes a tightly regulated, low-margin business – then the relative skills and pay of bankers could stay low for years....But it may also carry some seeds of hope. After all, if finance no longer keeps monopolising the brightest and best workers, some of that talent could be diverted into other, more productive, arenas – for the good of the economy.
talent  banking  finance  labor  efficiency  allocation 
april 2009 by tsuomela
FT.com / Comment / Opinion - How bank bonuses let us all down
Here you can see that this mismatch between the bonus payment frequency (typically, one year) and the time to blow up (about five to 20 years) is the cause of the accumulation of positions that hide risk by betting massively against small odds. As traders say, they have the “free option” on their performance: they get the profits, not the losses. I hold that this vicious asymmetry is the driving factor behind investment banking.
economics  crisis  bailout  finance  financial-services  incentives  talent  rewards  ceo  income 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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